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Detailing and protecting matte black

I've been looking around for some answers to this but I can't find anything clear. I have the matte black shaker scoop and spoiler on my challenger and with South Florida's brutal sun i never leave any part of the car without protection. The paint gets Meguiars Ultimate Wax, and the rims get Poorboy's wheel sealant. Headlights get PlastiX. I'm at a loss for the scoop and spoiler as they are matte black and I've never really dealt with this type of finish. On my other car's I use mother back to Black , but I don't want the area to be shiny. Additionally Back to Black seems to stay oily and doesn't really dry. I don't want any Back to Black on the rest of the car(painted surfaces). My question is, what do you guys use for Matte Black finish? Will regular polymer was do the trick to protect? What about the vinyl stripes? I've heard some people just leave the stripes alone and others say that coating with synthetic wax is ok.
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I live in South Florida, I have matte black vinyl stripes on my Challenger, I was told to use Meguiar's Ultimate Quik detailer for the vinyl stripes. I've been using it for about 2 months and it looks fine to me. Not extra shiny. You should try it on a small portion and see how it works. I think it's only $6 a bottle. However, for the black trim near the bottom of the car, I use carPro Dlux.
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I Am in Southwest FL , I use 303,on the black under the door ,back end , hell I use on my Jeep also , and my detail spray wax ,, no problem on my hood strip
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As many have said, Aerospace 303 is grear for flat black but Chadwick's Triple Play is too and it does everything else. It has changed my life
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Leo, I too have a shaker and black spoiler to protect. Not Fla but plenty of beating sun in NC. I only use Adams products on my car and they have two items that are fantastic on both of these areas. First is Super VRT, great from trim to tires. Its a quick drying thick liquid you apply with a sponge and wipes off on any over applied areas easy. Great thing is it has some gloss but a light wiping will remove any shine but keeps it protected. The other product I really love that I use is their In & Out spray. Its a aerosol can that I now use all the time on my shaker, wiper arms, and under the hood. Its small height really is great when trying to get to those hard to reach spots on anything that needs protection to prevent fading.

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Thanks guys,

I'll look into 303 since i've never heard of it before. B5, i've heard great things about Adams so i'll definitely check it out too. Chuck, i have the quick detailer and it does do a great job at popping out the shine,not sure how well it protect though.
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I use the "303" Protectant on all black parts, rubber parts, and the stripes.


For the stripes, I usually only apply once, maybe twice a year. After every wash though, I use the new "303" Speed Detailer on the whole car. It has "UV" protectant in it too.


I'm really liking the new line of "303" products.


Looks better than new


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Great timing, I was gonna ask this same question myself. Thanks for the tips, all

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I use the Aerospace wipes for my interior dash - it works great. Haven't thought about using it on my Scat Pack stripes - will have to give that a shot!

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